The Marathon des Sables

Become fearless when you participate in the toughest foot race on earth! The Marathon des Sables is a truly gruelling 240km multi-stage ultra marathon through a mythical landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable environments – the Sahara desert. You have to be self-sufficient and carry all your own food and equipment for the week on your back as you make your way across the sand dunes. 

  • Event Type: Ultra Marathon

  • Registration Fee: £500

  • Fundraising Pledge: £8,000

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Murielle Maupoint


I am privileged to lead the Hope for Children team in enabling some of the most vulnerable children across the world to have the chance of a positive, happy and healthy childhood. Whether visiting our work in Sri Lanka, The Philippines or Uganda, it never ceases to inspire me to witness the courage, determination and aspiration of the children we work with and it is an honour to be part of their lives. I am passionate about people, entrepreneurship, innovation and social justice and, I believe every one of us can do things we never imagined possible. 

Migena Kovaci

Finance Manager

I first started volunteering with Hope for Children in 2005 after I moved to the UK from Albania. In 2006, I became a full time member of staff as Financial and Database Administrator, quickly progressing into the role of Finance Manager, and am now responsibile for the administration and coordination of all the charity’s finances. I have 13 years of experience in non profit sector covering areas of financial, office, project management, HR and research. I studied International Development at Andrews University, USA, have a Bachelors degree in agricultural engineering and a Masters degree in agricultural management.

Rose Walker

Trusts & Foundations Manager

I joined Hope for Children in February 2015 and am responsible for building relationships with trusts, charitable foundations and government departments to partner with and support our work. With a background in research, monitoring, evaluation and policy development, I work closely with Ruth, Arpita and international partners to develop robust programmes of work that can demonstrate real impact for the children we want to help and build and share our understanding of ‘what works’. When not in office I love being outside (wide open spaces make me feel happy), yoga and running.

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